jhr-trained journalist, Moses Wenyou reported a story in December 2008 that had a significant impact on the lives of a group of Liberian people. A group of squatters under the collapsed Vai Town Bridge were awaiting resettlement compensation. Over 130 people were sleeping under the construction zone and washing their clothes over the collapsed area of the bridge.
After Wehnyou’s story on Star Radio, the government and World Bank agreed to provide compensation to those who were properly vetted by the end of January. The committee said petit traders, individual households and vulnerable people are the targeted beneficiaries. The compensation process was set in place in hopes of clearing the area before reconstruction began.
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Under the Bridge No More
By Moses Wenyou with photo essay by Grant Fuller, Star Radio, Monrovia, LiberiaPeople living under collapsed Old Bridge wait for resettlement compensation.
Anticipations are high among people living under Monrovia’s collapsed Old Bridge for their relocation funds promised them by government.
Our reporter, who visited the bridge, said there are strong indications that reconstruction work has begun.
Residents told our reporter they have seen people with shovels and other working tools trying to construct a fence around the bridge where the work is concentrated.
Some of them are awaiting their resettlement funds before vacating the area.
Photograph by Grant Fuller
Follow up story “Government, World Bank to compensate squatters” can be found at http://www.starradio.org.lr/content/view/10417/59/